Conditions & Treatments

Adult Congenital Heart Disease

A congenital heart defect occurs when the heart or blood vessels near the heart do not develop normally before birth.

Cardiac Catheterization & Angioplasty

The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory is one of the premier services of the Hartford HealthCare Heart and Vascular Institute at Hartford Hospital.

Cardiac Electrophysiology

The division of cardiac electrophysiology at Hartford Hospital provides the latest in heart rhythm care with experienced doctors and nurses to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Coronary Bypass Surgery

As balloon angioplasty and stenting have become an effective treatment of coronary artery disease, the number of coronary bypass operations has decreased. Nevertheless, studies have shown that in certain groups of patients, such as diabetics or those with triple vessel disease, coronary bypass surgery remains the preferred mode of revascularization.


Echocardiography is the ultrasound examination of the heart. Painless, non-invasive and radiation-free diagnostic procedures detect conditions involving the structure and function of the heart - providing maximum information with minimum risk.

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

Hartford Hospital is one of the few area hospitals to offer ECMO—an amazing procedure that directly oxygenates the blood so damaged hearts and lungs can rest and recover.

Minimally Invasive Aortic Repair

With minimally invasive aortic surgery, the surgeon doesn't expose the entire heart during a procedure on the aorta or aortic valve.

Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair

Minimally invasive mitral valve repair is no less complex than a conventional mitral valve repair procedure. It's the access to the heart, through a smaller incision, that makes the difference: The patient requires fewer blood transfusions and benefits from a shorter recover (and a smaller scar).

Mitral Valve Repair

Multiple studies have shown the superiority of mitral valve repair over replacement. While replacement is performed by all cardiac surgeons, mitral valve repair is a more specialized task, and the quality of the result depends more on the operating surgeon than the disease of the patient.

Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation, the most common arrhythmia of the heart, is typically treated with medication. Surgery involves direct-vision ablation, with the surgeon placing the source of energy in the appropriate locations to eliminate electrical conductivity.

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